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Category Archive for 'Ageing'

What happens in our brains as we get older? We probably all know what happens at the behavioral level. Most notable is the changes in memory, and the ability to couple information together. Remembering a name, or mixing names on people is a frequent effect. Forgetting what happened when and who did what are well-known [...]

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It’s a strange feeling. You scan what you think is a normal person, and have taken all precautions to make sure that there are no indications of medical complications. But once you look at the scans, there is something wrong with the brain you are looking at. As in this case, I scanned a person [...]

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Exercising your mind

Many of us are doing crosswords, soduko or whatever kind of training to keep mentally in shape. However, it seems that at least some of the time we would be better off putting on our running shoes and start walking or running. According to a number of studies, mental health is strengthened by physical training. [...]

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As we age, genes are expressed differently throughout our body. The most obvious examples are the hormonal changes seen in adolescence and in the menopause. In many models of how genes are expressed during older age, one of the prevalent models – the programmed ageing model – claims that ageing is caused by genetically programmed [...]

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What happens to the brain as we age? Today, we know that the brain as a whole becomes smaller, it atrophies. As the brain develops, we know from studies like the ones performed by Sowell et al. that regions such as the primary sensory and motor areas mature early in the lifespan, while areas such [...]

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Yesterday, Nikos Logothetis gave a great talk at the annual keynote lecture for the Copenhagen University Research Priority Area "Body and Mind". In the lecture, Logothetis touched upon several issues on the workings of the brain – from his perspective. But at the later Master-class where it was possible to have a one-to-one discussion with [...]

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A recent meta-analysis by Roberts, Walton and Viechtbauer published in Psychological Bulletin demonstrate that personality traits change over time. Some things that change over time includes our social interactions, they find, as well as our emotional stability. It would be most interesting to see how these findings relate to our normal sense of self, i.e. [...]

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